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Courthouse built in 1871, now Hastings City Hall
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County Information

Founded October 27, 1849
Seat Hastings
Largest city - Eagan

Dakota County is named after the Dakota Sioux tribal bands who settled in the area.
The name is recorded as "Dahkotah" in U.S. Census records until 1851. . . continued
Source: Dakota County Government - Submitted by John Bauer

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Apple Valley
Burnsville
Coates
Eagan
Farmington
Hampton
Hastings (part)


Inver Grove Heights
Lakeville
Lilydale
Mendota
Mendota Heights
Miesville
New Trier


Northfield (part)
Randolph
Rosemount
South St. Paul
Sunfish Lake
Vermillion
West St. Paul

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - CURRENT TOWNSHIPS - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Township Histories Include First Settlers, Office Holders, Etc.

Castle Rock Township Douglas Township
Empire Township
Eureka Township
Greenvale Township

Hampton Township
Marshan Township
Nininger Township
Randolph Township

Ravenna Township
Sciota Township
Vermillion Township
Waterford Township

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - FORMER TOWNSHIPS - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Once all land of a township is annexed by towns and cities, township government ceases to exist.
Below are Dakota County's former townships linked to their early histories.

Burnsville Township
Eagan Township
Hastings Township

Inver Grove Township
Lakeville Township
Lebanon Township

Mendota Township
Rosemount Township
West St. Paul Township


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Website Updates:

MAY 2016
CEMETERIES: Highview Christiania Lutheran Cemetery, 650 burials.

APRIL 2016
OBITS: Christie Warden, Mrs. Stephen Winter, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Whitford
NEWS-BUSINESS: Newspaper Business for J. L. Thorne, Eli Robinson, C. W. Nash, H. S. Jennings, T. R. Huddleston, A. M. and O. T. Hayes, S. Smith, R. W. Montgomery, P. Hartshorn, Jno. R. Clagett, F. M. Crosby, Otto Stannis, H. O. Mowers, J. E. Finch, C. C. Righter, Irving Todd, Charles B. Lowell, Mary Torrance, C. Halden, John Street, J. B. Vanderwerker, William Atherton, Charles Schroth, Z. B. Nichols
COURT: Victoria Tripp vs. Amanzel D. Tripp
PEOPLE: Mrs. Charles Calahan, Emma Cjollon, Marion A. Hopkins, Helicia Heerman, Charles W. Holman, Joseph Havens
MILITARY: Civil War Soldier News - Col. Adams, J. C. Pride, Joseph Pitcher
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1880-The Hastings Fair

MARCH 2016
OBITS: Nellie Louise Draper, Patrick Devaney, Joseph M. Dugan, Mrs. M. M. DeSilva, Marie Dietzen
KAPOSIA: Chippewa vs. Sioux Feuds
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1886-Sewer to the river, 1884- Cheerful at Rosemount
NEWS-WEATHER: 1896-Storm
NEWS-FIRE: 1887-Fire at Rosemount

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